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Israel Forbids Soldiers From Wearing Uniforms In Pride Parades

On March 30 Israel Defense Forces Manpower Directorate Commander Major General Orna Barbivai overturned a policy allowing Israeli soldiers to march in uniform in Pride parades.

IsraelisoldiersprideflagSoldiers will now have to march in civilian clothing. No explanation thus far has been given for the policy change.

According to GayAsiaNews:

The new ruling also states that it will allow soldiers to participate in such events provided they receive permission from their commanders.

Soldiers may only attend social protests that are not organized by a political party. They are also forbidden to participate in protests related to the army and its policies, or in anti-Israel protests.

The Israeli military accepts LGBT soldiers. However same-sex marriage is not legal in the country even though they recognize such marriages that occur elsewhere.

(image via Desert Peace Files)

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  1. That cutie in the left can march in my personal pride parade any time he wants, in uniform or not.

    Why are so many Israeli soldiers so SMOKING hot?

    Posted by: Cubs Fan in DC | Apr 2, 2014 6:36:22 PM

  2. The thing to remember about Israel is that while Israel debates same sex marriages (and recognizes those performed elsewhere) and makes rules about uniforms and such, gays in neighboring countries and the disputed territories are in mortal danger from their society and often from their own families.

    Posted by: Gay Guy | Apr 2, 2014 7:32:05 PM

  3. Sort of like NY's St Patrick's Day parade in reverse. They are welcome to march.... as long as they don't identify themselves as Israeli soldiers.

    Homophobia stinks.

    Posted by: Jack | Apr 2, 2014 8:04:47 PM

  4. I'm guessing this has something to do with the recent legislation (last month) that the religious extremists are no longer exempt from compulsory military service, and they don't want gay cooties from wearing the same uniform.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 2, 2014 8:15:17 PM

  5. Gay people aren't so popular in Israel, low 40's in approval rating.

    Too many Orthodox and they don't like us much.

    Posted by: jonnathewoodswoman | Apr 2, 2014 8:45:57 PM

  6. I haven't been to Israel myself but I hear that the sexiest looking men in the world are to be found there.

    Posted by: bicurious | Apr 2, 2014 9:29:23 PM

  7. Doesn't make sense if gays serve openly in military and all go to the military. What's the big deal? Tel Aviv has become one of the most popular gay tourist cities שלום

    Posted by: Matteo | Apr 2, 2014 9:30:59 PM

  8. They've still allowed gays longer than our army has.

    Posted by: Queer Supremacist | Apr 2, 2014 9:59:26 PM


    Posted by: Myron | Apr 2, 2014 10:15:52 PM

  10. @Myron: there were no anti-semitic comments by anyone, so your outburst tells us that you are a liar.

    It is not anti-Israeli or anti-semitic to disagree with a specific policy of the Israeli government, something a good fraction of Israel's citizens do all the time. Expressing such disagreements can be helpful, at least when meant as constructive criticism.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 2, 2014 10:29:35 PM

  11. Gaywashing just got that much harder.

    Posted by: Merv | Apr 2, 2014 11:43:00 PM

  12. @Myron please shut up the only the true anti Semites are not those talking about this but idiots like you who actually support a bunch of murderous, third world, savages whose only goal is ethnic cleansing.

    Posted by: Lee | Apr 3, 2014 1:27:41 AM

  13. And merv no such think as gay washing simply showing that Israel is by far the lesser evil when it comes to gay rights in the ME.

    Posted by: Lee | Apr 3, 2014 1:28:43 AM

  14. I'm guessing that a terrorist who sees a soldier in the pride parade might recognize that soldier when s/he is on active duty, and attack the soldier because s/he is assumed to be gay/lesbian. So many in the Middle East are eager to kill Israelis, especially gays. So, no uniform, for the soldier's own protection.

    Posted by: clare | Apr 3, 2014 4:08:39 AM

  15. Keep in mind,in some neighboring Arab countries they have public hanging of gay teenagers and beheading of hetero consenting adults.Just as in America... the religious extreme often have connections to politicians and politics. I'm disappointed, yet as a Jew I am extremely proud of the State of Israel.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Apr 3, 2014 8:38:13 AM

  16. This site is so Anti-Semitic....

    Posted by: styler | Apr 3, 2014 11:20:06 AM

  17. Not allowing Israeli soldiers to wear their uniforms in Pride parades is sensible. The Arabs watch the news, too. It would not be good to have a specific soldier targeted in that way. BTW, none of the comments I read seemed particularly anti-Jewish.

    Posted by: Jewish Beekeeper | Apr 3, 2014 8:08:43 PM

  18. I'm guessing it's because while in uniform Israeli soldiers also have their weapons on them, ready to shoot (though on safety). I don't remember seeing an Israeli soldier without a gun, while there. (Except for inside Yad Vashem.)

    Would anyone else like to be partying with sometimes inebriated people with loaded guns? (Of course, I am presuming most people are not gun nuts.)

    Posted by: Victor | Apr 3, 2014 8:11:07 PM

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